January 21, 2010
Cheerios are no longer considered a balanced meal after a full week of eating them breakfast, lunch and dinner. This discovery led me to the grocery store in our 2009 Nissan 370Z last weekend.
I was skeptical that the rear cargo area was deep enough to hold my bountiful feast. But there was more room than I expected. See for yourself. Even loaded with my grocery purchase, there is still at least 9 Cheerios boxes and 2 gallons of milk worth of space remaining. I'm impressed.
Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager @ 18,600 miles
November 02, 2009
I've driven our 370Z a bunch of times and I like it quite a bit. Besides the blind spots when trying to back out of spaces, I think this thing is an absolute blast to drive.
Random weekend errands are made fun. Gotta go over to Home Depot for some JB Weld? Awesome. Pick up some pickling spice from the grocery store? Perfect. Go across town to see an open house? Even better. Good acceleration, auto-blip shift and an all around fun package make this thing a great little weekend car, provided you don't need the cargo room.
The only thing that annoyed me about this car was actually using it's cargo area. The pressure hatch release button in the back doesn't always seem to release. There were a few times I had to press it multiple time to get it to let go completely. Once I had to shove the hatch back down to get it to release with another press of the button. Honestly in the grand scheme of things, not that big of a deal but annoying none the less.
The next time I get the keys I got to make sure I make good use of it. I think a good drive up the coast along Highway 1 would be a great idea.
Scott Jacobs, Senior Photographer
October 28, 2009
...but only two boxes worth. Our family has a "subscription" to a local farm for our weekly produce and yesterday was the day. Turns out it's a good thing we only get one box of fruit and one box of vegies because that's all that would fit in the back of the 370Z.
October 16, 2009
Scene: Ontario, California airport parking lot, 9:28 pm, a rainy night, coming back from business trip.
Motivation: Flight was late, sat next to whiny lap-child for the last two hours, airport burrito not sitting well, had to walk 1/4-mile in the drizzle with no hat or umbrella because the parking lot shuttle is AWOL, your own kids are going to be asleep if you don't get home soon.
Action: With rain coming down a little harder now, use unlock button on key fob as you approach car. Once there, press hatch release button hidden under that lip above the license plate. Hatch pops up a quarter-inch, but does not release. Close hatch and try again. Repeat ten times. Swear through clenched teeth. Something about a mother...
September 28, 2009
I signed up for the Z this past weekend, but as always my weekend plans changed. Originally it was going to be a stay at home weekend, but not I was now going to meet up with some friends and have a little fun this weekend in the great outdoors. I had what I thought was a good car to drive, but when it came down to business, I couldn't get all my stuff into the cargo area.
I didn't have a lot of stuff to take, but the narrow and constricted space made it so I'd have to make my friend ride shotgun with my larger gear bag. I thought about it for a few minutes, then parked the Z and took my Mazda3 Hatchback instead. It had more space and the fold down, un-constricted space meant my bag fit with ease.
Scott Jacobs, Senior Photographer
September 18, 2009
The 370Z served airport duty the last two days, allowing me to see how this sports car handled my admittedly light luggage requirements. However, you can see by this picture where the old 350Z's giant structural cross brace would've intruded upon the trunk. These bags probably would've been fine back there, but a pair of standard roller suitcases would've been questionable.